METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Says His Drumming Is The Best It's Ever Been

In a recent question-and-answer session with Rolling Stone magazine, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich spoke about his upbringing, the group's decreased alcohol intake and Axl Rose, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Q: How many beats per minute can you play on your double kick drum? Lars Ulrich: "I don't know, but drumming-wise, ...

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ZEKE To Tour With MOTÖRHEAD

ZEKE have announced a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, "'Til the Livin' End". The band will team up with MOTÖRHEAD for a string of dates that kick off on September 10 in Hollywood, CA. The tour is expected to conclude on October 8 in New York City, with additional dates pending. On ...

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BLOOD RED THRONE Commence Work On New Album

Norwegian death metallers BLOOD RED THRONE have finally commenced work on the new album, "Altered Genesis", after a series of drummers failed to deliver the quality the band were looking for. With original drummer Espen Antonsen fired early on in the original recording, the band had to endure two more failed attempts to get the ...

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HAVOCHATE: In Mixing Mode

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), have commenced the mixing process for their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, was recorded at Pyramid ...

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TORTURE KILLER Extend Record Deal, Book Studio Time

Brutal Finnish death metallers TORTURE KILLER have extended their contract with Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records). The band will enter the studio in late October to record their new CD, "Multiple Counts of Murder", tentatively due in early 2005. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "Cannibal Gluttony", "Obsessed In Homicide", "A Violent ...

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THE GATHERING: Dutch Shows To Be Filmed For Live DVD

Several photos of THE GATHERING from world-renowned photographer Peter Blok (winner of World Press photo award 1989 and 15-time "Silver Camera" award winner between 1988 and 2002) will be auctioned off on eBay in December with the proceeds going to charity. Each one-piece limited-edition enlarged photo will come in a 20 x 28 inch (50 ...

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GENE SIMMONS: Hitting The Beavers

In a brand-new interview with The Monitor, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons compared his rise to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The current California governor probably wasn’t the ideal person for any of the goals he set for himself — Mr. Olympia, super action hero actor and then governor. It didn't stop him, though. "He ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Drummer Signs With EVANS DRUMHEADS

LIFE OF AGONY's Sal Abruscato has signed an exclusive deal with Evans Drumheads. "I am proud to join this reputable drum head company who invented the synthetic drumhead in 1956," Abruscato said in a statement. "No other head has the sound, quality and durability like an Evans drumhead. I look forward to sustaining a long ...

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